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Leslie Halliday

I grew up with cats! I got my first dog in my early 40’s and just keep getting another one. I lean toward the herding group and currently have a Kelpie, Mojo. He and my previous two Kelpie/Border Collie mixes have done a variety of activities including agility, obedience, Canine Circus Class, tricks, nose work, backpacking and lots of hiking. I enjoy training just for the fun of it and as a way to get to know my dog better.

Hazel Olbrich

Hazel Olbrich attended her first dog training class with her Saint Bernard puppy in 1968. Since that year she has owned and trained Saint Bernards with a few Chesapeakes, Corgis, and Terriers (Bull and Irish) added to the mix. She had trained dogs to titles in obedience, tracking, agility, carting, weight pulling, and Rally obedience. She uses positive lures and reinforcement to teach new skills and motivate the desired behaviors, followed by more assertive input and corrections as appropriate to establish a reliably trained dog. Currently Hazel has one Irish Terrier, Titania, and is actively looking for her next Saint Bernard.

Lora Cox

My first dog was "MingToy" a Lasha Apso, when I was 10 years old. I spoiled her rotten, and we were kicked out of Obedience school in Marble Head MA because Ming Toy bit the instructor more than once. Since then I have had multiple dogs and increasing success training them. Calico a mixed breed, who looked like a Catahoula Hound Dog, earned her Mixed Breed Utility title. I had to show her indoors because she thought the go out was a release to keep running for ever. She taught me the importance of a reliable recall.

Fawn, a female German shepherd, earned her AKC CDX. She taught me not to lose my patience in training. If I did she would just lie down and quit.

Tucker, a male Australian Shepherd, earned his ASCA OTCH, AKC UDX, UCDX. He showed me how much fun training can be, and that food and toys are great motivators and do carry over into the ring performance.

Duke, a male Australian Shepherd, earned his ASCA OTCH, AKC UDX, UCDX. He showed me what real team work is and not to be complacent in training.

Vista, a female Australian Shepherd, has earned her ASCA UD, NA, AKC UD, RE, PT. She has been my biggest challenge to date. A very talented dog, but inconsistent in her performances. Not one to please you, more what's in it for her.

Ranger, a male Australian Shepherd, just turned 1 year old and is going to be a blast to train. With 30 some odd years of dog training under my belt, we are making great progress in his training. He is retrieving, doing go outs, hand signals, jumps, tracking, herding and always wants to be with me.

You never stop learning when you are a dog trainer. Over the years I have been to many seminars by the top trainers in our country and from the UK. There are always multiple ways to achieve something; one size does not fit all. You also need to know how to communicate your wealth of information to the general public. A well trained dog is a happy dog. Patience, Motivation, Consistency, and Praise.

Lizanne Kaiser

Lizanne is an AKC® Obedience Judge and a dog training instructor at Oakland Dog Training Club, where she teaches all levels of competitive Obedience (Novice, Open, and Utility).

Lizanne grew up with a variety of breeds (Beagle, Lab, St. Bernard), and for the past 20 years has owned multiple German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs). She has volunteered with and adopted several GSDs from rescue organizations, so she's experienced in behavioral issues with dogs from animal shelters. Lizanne has been competing in AKC dog sports (Obedience, Rally, and Tracking) since 2005. She and her dogs have earned numerous AKC titles, including: Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH), Obedience Grand Master (OGM), Utility Dog Excellent (UDX), Utility Dog (UD), Rally Excellent (RE), and Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) titles. They have competed at the AKC National Obedience Championship (NOC) multiple times, finishing in the top 20 dogs nationally. In 2012, Lizanne and her rescue dog Dante won German Shepherd Dog Club of America's Obedience Victor (OV) and Top Scoring Obedience Dog of the Year -- the only rescue dog ever to achieve these prestigious awards.

Lizanne's training philosophy is founded on relationship-based training. Trainers need to have a large tool box of training techniques. No tool or method works for all dogs, or even for the same dog all the time. Ultimately, what's most important is to be able to read your dog in the moment and tailor your response based on what's best for your dog's individual training needs and progression. This requires having a trusting relationship and honest communication style with your dog, both while training and at home. This is essential no matter what your goals are -- whether it's having a well-mannered canine companion you can live with, or as a foundation for pursuing a variety of dog activities together.

Albert Angulo

In 2012 my wife and I brought home our first dog together. Margaret fell in love with Chloe, who was housed at the SFSPCA. At fourteen months Chloe had been surrender twice from different families; her energy and vet bills were too much of a burden for either family to keep her. Little did we know that Chloe would change our lives more than any other event thus far. She was reactive and energetic; nervous and attentive; bright and aware. She had very little confidence. She was unsure of everything, especially of me. We hired a behaviorist who told us that if we decided to keep her, that she would be a long term project. The next day I returned her to the SPCA. The following morning, feeling the emptiness of the night without Chloe's warmth and energy, we got her back. She was so very happy to see us. We sought more help with some of the best pet dog and sport dog trainers we could find. Each trainer told me that I would have to become a dog trainer to help her.

That is how my journey began. I have volunteered with the Oakland Dog Training Club helping Lynn Kosmakos with the beginning obedience class every week since 2012. I've worked with dog trainers from many different disciplines such as barn hunt, scent work, AKC Obedience, and protection sports.

The wonderful thing about dog training is that there is so much to learn and I have continued my training at the Michael Ellis School for Dog Training and attend seminars to keep my skills active and ready for more dog training.
It was once commented that I really like working instinct sports with my dogs. Instinct sports helped us build Chloe's confidence and as a result we learned to trust each other. My other dog, Mushroom, is a specialty high-drive sport-mixed dog. You'll find us hiking in the hills or playing on the beach where good dogs are allowed.

I am thankful for the Oakland Dog Training Club (ODTC) because of our commitment to the dogs we love. Our members actively compete in AKC events at the highest levels, yet know the importance and value of pet dog training to the community.

If you see us out there on the trails don't hesitate to wave and ask me more about what we do at the ODTC.

Lynn Kosmakos, CGC evaluator

I named my first dog Fido because I was 3 years old and thought all dogs were named Fido. He was a St. Bernard/Great Dane cross who outweighed all of the kids in the neighborhood put together. Fido was soon joined by a black cocker my family won in a national sweepstakes put on by Dave Garroway's The Today Show. A series of Poodles, Great Danes, Pomeranians, Toy Fox Terriers, Rough/Smooth/Border Collies, Dobes and mixes of all kinds followed. I got my 1st German Shepherd and joined the county SAR team. That GSD, the 1st of 3, took me into obedience, rally, herding, tracking and agility competitions. In April 2014 I started another adventure with Fixx, a Border Collie puppy intended for obedience, herding, and agility.